Dawson: No more favours for United
Michael Dawson has warned Manchester United not to expect any more favours from Tottenham this season after helping them claw back ground in the Barclays Premier League title race.
United are one point behind Chelsea thanks to Spurs defeating Carlo Ancelotti's men at White Hart Lane, three days after Harry Redknapp's looked to have ended Arsenal's title chances at the same venue. Spurs now travel to Old Trafford and need a result to maintain their challenge for Champions League qualification.
"We will go there and we have got no fear whatsoever. Six [points] out of six against Arsenal and Chelsea so we will go to Old Trafford full of confidence and with nothing to lose," said centre-back Dawson. "It is certainly going to be exciting, they did us a favour by beating City then we did them a favour. But we will go there next week, hopefully get something and be right in the mix.
"We have got a fantastic squad here so I don't see why we cannot pick up points like we have done against the top teams. That is what we are striving for and certainly over the past five days we have proved a few people wrong," he continued.
Dawson insists there is more steel in the Spurs squad compared to 2006 when they came close to finishing in the top four. "I have certainly been there before as have a few of the other lads," Dawson said. "It was devastating the way we lost at West Ham on the last day of the season and missed out fourth spot. The lads all want to play in the Champions League, it is as simple as that.
"If we keep putting performances in like the Chelsea win and like we did on Wednesday, I don't see why not. We have got some big games as have the other teams in and around us so it is an exciting finish," he said.
Crouch on the mend
Peter Crouch almost missed the Chelsea victory with a virus but is hoping to be at full-tilt to face United. "I was lucky to be on the bench against Chelsea, I didn't train on Friday and stayed at home," Crouch said. "If we can get into the Champions League it will be a huge achievement. If we can do that and build on it that would be great. You've got to stay there. I've been fortunate to play in it and it's the best competition in the world.
"A club like this deserves to be there and hopefully we can get there and then obviously the top clubs have the consistency to stay there and we need to do that," he concluded.